Obesity amongst Spanish children is being aggravated by a lack of exercise (article in Castilian, El Periodico). As the problem of being overweight increasingly affects children at younger ages here, with almost seven percent of three to five year olds now suffering obesity and 10 percent of the same age group overweight, a report has been published by the Fundació Thao Salud Infantil to say that while overweight youngsters make efforts to change their diets and eat less, it will have little affect because they don’t increase the amount of exercise they do. “It’s impossible for children to burn off what they eat, even if it’s very little, because they do no physical activity,” said coauthor of the report, Doctor Gregorio Varela. He went on to say that it was necessary to change the advice about how much children should eat because previous recommendations were made on the basis of them doing a certain amount of exercise, which nowadays many of them don't do. Over 17,000 children took part in the study, the biggest ever undertaken in Spain, coming from seven autonomous communities including Catalunya.
Spanish airline company Iberia has had to cancel 46 flights between Barcelona and Madrid due to a strike by cabin crew (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). This is the second day of the stoppage by staff that has been organised by two trade unions, CTA and Sitcpla. Half of the affected flights were due to leave Barcelona today flying to the Spanish capital, while the other half were coming in the opposite direction. The company has said that it will help passengers on the cancelled flights to get on services offered by other airlines and will also allow for refunds and date changes on tickets up to November 30th. Flights operated by other Iberia companies, Vueling and Air Nostrum, are not affected by the strike.
Four columns that were built in 1919 close to the location of the Montjuïc ‘magic’ fountains only to be pulled down in 1928, will be reconstructed next year (article in Catalan, Avui). The four columns resemble the four red stripes that are part of the Catalan flag and were destroyed by Spanish dictator Primo de Rivera less than 10 years after they were built because of their symbolism. Yesterday Barcelona’s city council announced that work will start in February 2010 to recreate the structure, with the aim of inaugurating it on September 11th, Catalunya’s national day. The original columns measured 20 metres in height and two metres in diametre and were located in the Plaça Carles Buïgas, the square where the magic fountains are today. The new versions will have the same width, but be slightly shorter to improve their perspective and fit in with adjoining buildings.
Also in the news: Spanish finance minister studies German model as way to reduce unemployment (La Vanguardia); Real Madrid win at home, but are put out of the Copa del Rey by third division team (El Periodico); Barcelona driver fined for having CAT sign on his car licence-plate (Avui)